Hello Summer!

>> 6.21.2010

Summer is officially here today! Although we've had summer-like temperatures here in Texas for several weeks, it's always nice to welcome in a new season... even if it's the hottest of the year... right?

I'm reeeeally looking forward to doing a few of my favorite summer activities:

picnicking while the symphony plays at Harman Concert Park

watching the free summer musical at Zilker Park

swimming in Barton Springs

racing in a few triathlons

taking the pups to the creek

mocking Nate for wearing sunglasses underwater swimming in the pool

Speaking of swimming, I can't believe that this will be my SEVENTH summer with that navy Gap two piece! It has been through lake water, sea water, chlorine pools... and never lost its shape or color. I can't believe how much quality I've gotten out of that clearance swimsuit!


As strange as it sounds, now the perfect time to start shopping for summer. Big boxes like Target have already marked their summer outdoor furniture on (first) clearance and the clothing stores like Gap will make their big pushes to clear out stock around July Fourth. If you've bought anything recently, make sure to take the receipts by the store and try to get a price adjustment on mark downs!

Where do you find your high quality summer essentials for less? 
Do you go for Old Navy flip-flops? Target beach Towels? American Eagle jean shorts? 

9 comments:

hiphousegirl June 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

Seventh year?? Wow! And another "wow" to the fact that you're still the same size!

Thanks for the tip on stores clearing out stock around the 4th- I'll be using it.

Mrs. Chic June 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

love the oldwater pic of yuor and nate, very cute

This year I've found some great deals at Target.

At traget I bought a cute lil' summer bag for 13bucks, and I've gottten so many compliments! I've also found some great deals on maxi dresses at Old Navy.

ps - I have a giveaway going on right now.

Mrs. Chic June 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

love the oldwater pic of yuor and nate, very cute

This year I've found some great deals at Target.

At traget I bought a cute lil' summer bag for 13bucks, and I've gottten so many compliments! I've also found some great deals on maxi dresses at Old Navy.

ps - I have a giveaway going on right now.

chacha June 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM  

Nordstrom Rack makes me a little nuts when I go in there, but I gotta say that if one has the patience, good deals can be found. I got a Puma bikini for $23 this weekend and it's a good quality suit.

Claire June 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

Great deal on the bathing suit -- may it live to last many, many more swims :) Happy Summer!

Sarah B. June 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

oh, man, you're making me miss texas! i'll be living in Austin for all of those things NEXT summer, but this summer I have to do without!

Alexis L., The Studioist June 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

I hate, hate, hate summer.
Argh.
But I did just buy a bunch of off-season winter duds from the Gap for next to nothing so that's a benefit.

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner June 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM  

Fun pictures! How in the world have you fit into the same suit for 7 years?! :)

I've had pretty good luck finding cute clearance swimsuits from both Target and Old Navy. Gotta love 'em!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog June 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM  

@Amanda~ I think I have the adjustable straps to thank for that one!

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